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Tennis Briefs: Florida Dominates U.S. World Junior Team; PTR Weekend

July 27, 2011 03:46 PM
Florida Comprises 4 of 6 U.S. Players at 2011 World Junior Tennis

world junior tennis finals logo 2011Four Florida junior tennis players will comprise the six-member U.S. team that will compete in August, representing the United States in the World Junior Tennis Competition Finals. The event features 32 national teams (16 boys' teams and 16 girls' teams) composed of players 14-and-under from 25 nations across the world. 

The U.S. girls' team captured its unprecedented fourth consecutive title last year, while the boys last won the title in 2008.

The World Junior Tennis Competition Finals will be held Aug. 1-6, 2011, in Prostejov, Czech Republic. The United States is one of seven nations (Argentina, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Morocco and South Korea) to send a boys' team and a girls' team to the World Finals. 

The U.S. World Junior girls' squad is entirely from Florida, featuring Julia O'Loughlin of Lighthouse Point, Cristina Rovira of Boca Raton, and Katerina Stewart of Miami, coached by Troy Hahn. The U.S. World Junior boys' team will be comprised of Pembroke Pines' Stefan Kozlov, along with Eduardo Nava of Woodland Hills, Calif., and Henrik Wiersholm of Kirkland, Wash., and coached by Michael Sell.

Both the U.S. girls' team and the U.S. boys' teams went undefeated at the North/Central America and Caribbean Regional Championships in May to finish as the top qualifiers for the finals; Canada and Mexico finished second to qualify in the boys' and girls' competitions, respectively. All three members from the U.S. boys' team that competed in May return for the finals, while Rovira and Stewart replace Jessica Ho and Maria Smith on the U.S. girls' roster.

The 14-year-old O'Loughlin is the No. 2 player in the USTA Girls' 14s National Standings, and trains full-time at the USTA Training Center-Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla. Stewart, 14, is the top-ranked player in the USTA Girls' 14s rankings and has reached the girls' 14s final at both the USTA Spring National Championships and the USTA National Clay Court Championships this year.

The 13-year-old Kozlov is the youngest competitor on either team and is currently the No. 2 player in the USTA Boys' 14s National Standings. In January, he successfully defended his title at the AEGON International, one of the premier international 14-and-under events held in Bolton, England.  He also played on last year's World Junior Tennis team. 

PTR to Host Professional Development Weekend

PTR.jpgProfessional Tennis Registry (PTR) will hold its Professional Development Weekend on Oct. 6-9, 2011, at PTR Headquarters and Van der Meer Shipyard Racquet Club on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. 

Among the speakers are Inaki Balzola, Dr. Louie Cap, Doug Cash, Colleen Cosgrove and Judy Vogt, Craig Jones, Kurt Kamperman, Anne Pankhurst, Tito Perez, Dr. Bryce Young and Tim "Dr. Dirt" Wilkison. On court and classroom topics include How to Make Money with QuickStart, Great Games & Drills for Your Not-So-Great Juniors, How to Play Better Doubles without Hitting a Ball, Coaching Philosophy, 30 Unique Error Detections & Corrections, How to Run Junior Camps, Social Media for Tennis Pros, Hard & Clay Court Maintenance and more. 
The event is open to everyone for $295 before Aug. 1, and $349 after Aug. 1. For more information about Professional Development Weekend, accommodations, or to register, visit "Events" at www.ptrtennis.org or call PTR at (800) 421-6289.






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